Scott Morishige, MSW, Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness
Scott Morishige has built his career around helping Hawaii’s underprivileged families and individuals. He was appointed to his position as the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness in August, 2015. He serves as the point person for all the homeless issues in the state, and works closely with Governor David Ige’s cabinet on the coordinated statewide plan. His office is responsible for broad policy direction and the coordination of Hawaii’s many stakeholders surrounding homelessness. He works closely with the Homeless Programs Office (HPO) in the Department of Human Services, which administers and implements homeless services and oversees all contracts and procurement.
Recently named Hawai‘i’s 2017 Social Work Practitioner of the Year by National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Scott was previously the executive director of PHOCUSED, a nonprofit and advocacy organization for health and human services. Additionally, he has managed multi-million dollar programs for the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and Helping Hands Hawai‘i. A successful grant writer, Scott managed and implemented a number of projects for low-income and vulnerable individuals and families for organizations such as Alu Like, Inc., The Salvation Army, and Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i.
Scott holds a Master Degree of Social Work from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and a Political Science Degree from Oregon State University. Born and raised in Hawaii, Scott is a graduate from Mid-Pacific Institute.
In addition to serving as the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, Scott’s state government posts have also included the State Legislature and the Legislative Reference Bureau.
He is active on the Susannah Wesley Community Center board and has served on the Access to Justice Commission; the Parents, Inc. board; and the Hawai‘i Commission for National & Community Service.
Monsignor Gary Secor-Honolulu Cathedral
Very Reverend Monsignor Gary L. Secor
Monsignor Gary Secor was born on April 16, 1951 in Berkeley California to Don and Alice Secor. At about 4 months old, he came to Hawaii with his parents and was raised on the Windward side of Oahu. He attended St. Anthony’s Grade School and Maryknoll High School. He went on to attend St. Stephen’s Seminary and Chaminade University and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He attended St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park California (Master of Divinity Degree in Theology) and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Honolulu on August 13, 1977. He has three sisters, all younger than he, who live in the Vancouver Washington area and his parents reside in Lanikai on Oahu.
His priestly assignments have included: Associate Pastor of St. Anthony’s in Kailua, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Honolulu, Pastor St. John’s Mililani, Pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Honolulu, and Vicar for Clergy in the Diocese of Honolulu. He is currently Vicar General of the Diocese of Honolulu, Moderator of the Curia, and, for the second time in his career, is serving as Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.
In December 2016, Pope Francis named Father Gary Secor a Chaplain to His Holiness, elevating him to the title of Monsignor, an honorary title given to priests who are outstanding in their witness to Jesus and their service to the people of God.
In collaboration with Bishop Larry Silva and a team of dedicated volunteers, Msgr. Gary is leading the Cathedral Renewal Campaign, a $15,000,000+ effort to fully renovate, restore and preserve the 175 year-old Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu.
Msgr. Gary enjoys being a pastor, working with youth and young adults, and all the blessing of being a priest. His interests include hiking and reading.
Matthew Bauer is a lifelong Windward Oahu resident who gained an appreciation for the outdoors and Hawaii's Natural Environment through exploring the Ko'olau Mountains as a teenager. After graduating from the University of Washington, Matthew joined a small natural resource and ecosystem restoration company called Pono Pacific and put his passion for the environment into a career helping to protect Hawaii's watersheds and oceans. In 2007, Matthew, John Leong, and Julianna Rapu Leong co-founded Kupu, a nonprofit whose purpose is to provide Hawaii's young people the opportunity to engage in the natural resource, conservation, and sustainability fields. Matthew serves as Kupu's Chief Operating Officer, which over the last ten years has created more than 3,500 youth internships and provided over $90,000,000 in economic benefit to Hawaii. Matthew is an alum of Pacific Century Fellows and is a current Council member for the Corps Network, a national advocacy group for conservation and youth service corps nationwide.